Metro at TIFF: Rubbing elbows with Jennifer Garner

Actress Jennifer Garner, HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla O'Reilly and Harvey Weinstein attend the HFPA And InStyle 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Party at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 13, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

Producer and mogul Harvey Weinstein used the gala premiere of his company’s comedy “Butter” at the Toronto International Film Festival to take on current Republican firebrand Michele Bachmann. The film, a political satire featuring Jennifer Garner as an uptight conservative taking on an African-American foster child in Iowa’s annual butter-sculpting contest, has quickly drawn allusions to Bachmann, among other female political figures.

“I would like to take this moment to formally invite Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to co-host with me the big premiere of ‘Butter’ in Iowa a few months from now,” Weinstein said in a statement, read by one of the film’s stars, Olivia Wilde. “I know Michele will already be in Iowa for the caucus, so we can save money on airfare and travel. I would of course be more than happy to fly in the other leading members of the Tea Party movement to make an entire day of it. We could take some math classes in the morning to help balance the budget, brush up on the Constitution in the afternoon, play some ping-pong and then maybe some verbal ping-pong on gay rights and women’s rights — especially the right to choose.” The statement was interrupted at that point by thunderous applause from the Toronto audience.

“But at night we can all go hand-in-hand to the premiere of ‘Butter,’ a fun and important film where we’ll share some popcorn and laughs,” Wilde continued. “These are the kind of bipartisan efforts that make America great.”

Metro spoke with Garner, who is also a producer on the film, the next day for her reaction to Weinstein’s move. “Look, Harvey is a genius at a few things. He’s really good at a lot of things, but he’s a genius at a few things. Casting is one of them, and another one is without a doubt promotion and getting the word out about a movie, and that’s what he’s doing,” she says. “[Director] Jim Field Smith and I don’t think of this movie as a political movie by any stretch. We think of it as a comedy, as a piece of entertainment, a colloquial story that has some kind of dark undertones and pokes fun at politics in a small way. But that’s why we’re not in charge of promoting it and he is.”

As much as Weinstein’s move might make drawing comparisons between Garner’s character and Bachman seem all too obvious, she’s quick to point out that’s not what she was going for — at least not really. “It just shows how much they pervade the political landscape, how much the Tea Party is of the moment,” Garner tells Metro. “We did this long enough ago that I wasn’t trying to be Michele Bachmann — I didn’t know who she was. I wasn’t after Sarah Palin. But that’s so much a part of what’s out there that I played it close enough to what you would think of them that you can’t help but draw that comparison.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.